Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The old saying “you can’t keep a good man down” might also apply to hamburger stands.
Irv’s Burgers, hamburger shack that stood in the 8200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard for 63 years before closing in early November, has relocated to 7998 Santa Monica, barely a hop, skip and a jump from its old location.
Owner Sonia Hong opened the new stand two months to the day she closed the old Irv’s after the property owner forced her to close to make way for a beach-themed restaurant.
Hong bought the original stand in 2000 from Irv Gendis. Gendis had purchased the stand in 1970 and named it after himself. Previously, it had operated as Queenies’ Burgers and Joe’s Burgers.
The city designated the building a cultural landmark in 2005 and the building cannot be demolished without a lengthy public hearing process. A spokesperson for the city said Irv’s and an adjacent auto repair business will be transformed into two restaurants and that Irv’s will remain largely as it is.
Irv’s is a family-operated business with Hong’s son, Sean, and her mother Soon helping run the stand, which is open seven days a week from 8:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.